Mike NesmithHe was also a member Monkees, one of the 1960s’ most popular music groups, has died at the age of 78.

A family statement said that Nesmith passed away Friday due to natural causes. Rolling Stone:

“With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” the statement read. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”

Nesmith’s rise to fame began in 1966 when he was one of four men cast on “The Monkees,” a U.S. sitcom answer to the 1964 Beatles film, “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Already a published songwriter, Nesmith was known on the show for his wool cap, dry wit and insistence on musical integrity: He was the main driver behind the band’s eventual decision to take over writing and producing the band’s albums.

Although the band was dismissed by some as “the pre-fab four,” John Lennon was a fan and reportedly called the group “the greatest comic talents since the Marx Brothers,” according to NME.

While the Monkees were forced to defend their right to produce and record their music, Nesmith was an accomplished songwriter. He wrote “Different Drum,” a 1967 hit for the Stone Poneys, a folk-rock group that featured a young Linda Ronstadt.

Nesmith was a pioneer of music videos and solo work after the Monkees disbanded in the 1970s.

1981 Nesmith co-wrote, starred in and produced “Elephants,” a collection of music and comedy that won the Grammy for Video of the Year and reportedly inspired the creation of MTV, according to Deadline.

Davy Jones, Micky Donlenz, and Peter Tork were all reunited by Nesmith.They were touring in 1986 to record an album, and then toured again. However, their friend from high school joined them for an encore performance at the Greek Theatre.

He returned to the band in 2012 after Jones’ death and participated in their 2016 comeback LP “Good Times!” After Tork died in 2012, Nesmith and Dolenz continued to tour as The Monkees Mike & Micky, according to the Associated Press.

Dolenz published earlier this year “Dolenz Sings Nesmith,”A tribute album for his bandmate and friend.

Robert Michael Nesmith, the only child Warren and Bette Nesmith’s, was born Dec. 30, 1942 in Houston, Texas.

When he was four, his parents split up and to provide support for him and her, his mother worked twice as a secretary/painting artist.

She eventually created Liquid Paper, a correction fluid for typewriters. Gillette purchased it in 1979 for $49 Million. Rolling Stone reports that Nesmith was able to inherit the fortune a year later.

Nesmith, who was divorced and married three times, is survived by his four children: Jessica, Jason and Jonathan.

News of Nesmith’s death inspired many Twitter tributes, including one from Dolenz.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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